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The Coolie Traffic and Conrad's "Typhoon"
|Authors: ||蔡秀枝(Hsiu-Chih Tsai)|
|Issue Date: ||2018-06-06T03:08:04Z
Abstract: From the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century, especially during the second half of the nineteenth century following the rapid rise of modern plantations, hundreds of thousands of Chinese were kidnapped and sent abroad under intimidation and terror as indentured coolies to the plantations and mining enterprises of Western colonies. These Chinese coolies served as the major labor force for Western entrepreneurs in the fast developing colonies. Some coolies stayed when their indentures ended, and some chose to return to China. In Joseph Conrad's novella ”Typhoon,” Captain MacWhirr of the steamer Nan-Shan was to carry two hundred Chinese coolies back to the port of Fu-chau, China, while a sudden typhoon caught them in the middle of the journey. As a part of the coolie traffic, Captain MacWhirr and his crew stood for the interests of the colonial empire and the conflict they met when encountering the coolies became a battle of discrimination and humanity. This paper will discuss the racial discrimination, maltreatment, slavery, the questions of morality behind the coolie traffic, together with the historical records and reports concerning the coolie traffic.
|Relation: ||6 pp.83 - 138|
|Appears in Collections:||[海洋文化研究所] 期刊論文|
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